The Miami Dolphins had a rare sight at practice on Thursday.
Second-year defensive end Charles Harris, who has missed the past four games with a calf injury and has not practiced since Oct. 12, was on the field going through drills during the half-hour portion open to the media.
If Harris is available to play in Sunday’s road game against the Green Bay Packers, he would provide needed depth on a Dolphins defensive line that has seen a revolving door of injuries plague the group. Defensive end William Hayes is lost for the year, as is defensive tackle Vincent Taylor. Cameron Wake and Andre Branch also missed a couple games this year.
But just how much production can the Dolphins expect out of Harris, their first-round pick from the 2017 NFL Draft? It remains to be seen.
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In 21 career games (five this season), Harris has produced just 30 tackles and two sacks (both of which came last season). He had 11 tackles in the handful of games he played in before being shut down by the calf injury.
But he would bolster a defensive end group that has resorted to having just four active players in each of the past four games in Branch, Wake, Robert Quinn and Jonathan Woodard.